How Dangerous Are Yellow Jackets In Ithaca?

May 14, 2021

Yellowjackets (Vespula or Dolichovespula) are bee-like flying insects that are classified as wasps, which exist throughout the world. They nest in social colonies that may have several thousand members. The nests are sometimes located in the ground, in bushes or trees, in the eaves of a home, or elsewhere. Yellowjackets may be particularly menacing to humans during the late summer and fall, as the colonies reach their peak in the population before dying off in the winter.  It is best to identify and safely remove nests in the spring or early summer months before the population of the colony is large. 

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What Attracts Them?

Yellowjackets can be a benefit by reducing the population of many bothersome creatures including flies, grubs, and other nuisances. They are active in pollination, usually drawn to people who are eating outdoors, spilled food or beverages, and near trash areas. When eating outside, it’s important to keep food covered or otherwise inaccessible to these pests. 

The Health Risks Of Being Stung By Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are ordinarily not aggressive; however, they will protect against perceived threats to their territory, such as someone approaching the nest. The females are capable of inflicting multiple stings that tend to be painful. After piercing the skin, venom is injected that will trigger a potentially harmful allergic reaction in some individuals. 
The area near an injection point will often become red, itchy, inflamed, and tender.  Some people also experience feelings of tiredness and warmth.  Individuals that exhibit symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, or lightheadedness should hastily seek assistance from a medical professional. 

Tips To Prevent Yellowjacket Issues

  • If you’re near an active nest that exists on your property, avoid wearing lotions or fragrances that emit a strong scent, or wearing brightly colored clothing that can also attract wasps.
  • Limit access to trash containers that contain food particles by securing them with a lid that seals properly.
  • Place gardens in locations that are away from the exterior area of the structure and limit the number of flowering plants.
  • Remove piles of branches, leaves, and any other debris from the property that could serve as potential nesting sites.

How To Effectively Eliminate Yellowjackets

Some property owners try to eradicate nests of yellowjackets and other stinging insects on their own. They often will purchase mass-marketed do-it-yourself products such as aerosol sprays, foggers, and traps that will supposedly expel these pests quickly. In many cases, these options are found to have significant limitations and fail to thoroughly remove the colony. 
Those who approach a nest are placing themselves at risk of being attacked and stung. Also, some of the store-bought solutions may contain harmful chemical agents that present danger to you, your family, and the environment. The best response when facing these problems is promptly communicating with a licensed exterminator that has the knowledge and tools to safely handle these pests. 

Professional Pest Control Services in Ithaca

For over 20 years now, the team of specialists at Sweeney’s Pest Elimination has been successfully solving problems involving wasps, ants, termites, and other uninvited scavengers for Ithaca property owners. We are a family-owned and managed organization offering a prompt emergency response, a satisfaction guarantee, and the highest quality customer service. 
We provide you with a complimentary on-site property inspection, comprehensive treatment options, and diligent follow-up. Be sure to ask our experts about our seasonal preventative plans and customized year-round maintenance programs. We look forward to speaking with you!

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